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Egyptian Christians fear for future after latest bombing

Egyptian Coptic Christians pray during Easter mass led by Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria at the Coptic Cathedral of Saint Marcos in Cairo - EPA

Egyptian Coptic Christians pray during Easter mass led by Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria at the Coptic Cathedral of Saint Marcos in Cairo - EPA

26/04/2017 15:05

(Vatican Radio) An American Catholic priest ministering in Egypt has said Christians there fear for their safety and talk about wanting to leave their homeland in the wake of the Palm Sunday terrorist attacks north of Cairo that killed dozens of people.

Ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Egypt, Father Doug May told Vatican Radio that residents in several predominantly Christian villages that he visited this month are anxious about their future.

'Tired of feeling vulnerable'

Fr May, a priest of the Maryknoll mission movement, said: “It’s the first time that even the successful [Christian villagers] who have fairly nice houses and a decent lifestyle have told me, "If I could leave, I would leave because I am tired of feeling vulnerable in a country that I should call my own because I am being tolerated at best but I am not being accepted as an equal citizen.”

Fr May said he hoped Pope Francis’ visit to Cairo would promote solidarity between leaders and people of the different Christian dominations and the majority Muslim community.

Listen to Susy Hodges' interview with Father Doug May about the current fears of Christian communities in Egypt in the lead up to Pope Francis’ visit to the country.

26/04/2017 15:05